Welcome to Historic Ellicott City

Historic Ellicott City, Inc. (HEC) donated over $14,000 to local projects in the Howard County area. HEC was proud to donate $2,000 to the Ellicott City Partnership (ECP) which coordinates activities in the Main St. business district. HEC was a $1,000 sponsor of the November 7, 2015 “Marching ThroughTime” Veteran’s Day parade which promises to be an annual event. In May, HEC was a $1,000 sponsor of the Hills of Milltown Challenge, a successful 5K race through the hills of Ellicott City which attracts visitors to town.


HEC made a $2,500 donation to the B&O Railroad Museum for the restoration of a 927 Class I-5d Caboose built in the B & O shop at Washington, Indiana in 1927. HEC’s donation made it possible for the Station to get a matching grant from the Modern Woodmen of America toward the restoration. This project will center on wood replacement, upholstery repair, paint and stenciling. This restoration is viewed as very important as cabooses are no longer used on trains and preservationists are saving the existing ones. The Ellicott City Station’s caboose is the highlight of visits for many children as they get to go inside a real train car!
Mt. Gregory Church received a $10,000 grant from HEC for preservation and improvements to their parish in Glenwood. Mt. Gregory is one of the oldest African American congregations in Howard County.
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Meriwether Farm
2014 HEC, Inc. 
Show House

Nominate A Home For 2016 Decorator Show House

Thousands of people toured the Meriwether Farm (circa 1805) Decorator Show House in the fall making 2014’s event one of the most successful in HEC history. Many thanks to our hard working talented designers who transformed this houses into a work of art. Special thanks to all our friends who purchased tickets and made this event so successful.  Unfortunately, we were unable to find a suitable show house for 2015.  The inventory of historic homes in Howard County is dwindling and finding a home on a large enough parcel of land is proving difficult.

Do you know a house that would make a great 2016 Decorator Show House? The Show House Committee is already busy visiting possible sites but they are far from making a final decision. Nominate your house or one in your neighborhood. The ideal house would be an old stately home in Howard County with the ability to use/create parking nearby. The house should be in livable condition needing mostly design and cosmetic improvements. Send your nomination to historicEC@hotmail.com.  View the criteria for the ideal house.

This will be the 30th Anniversary of the Decorator Show House and we want this year to be the best one yet! Watch for details.